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Moonlight Patchouli (2016)
by Van Cleef & Arpels


Moonlight Patchouli information

Year of Launch2016
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 16 votes)

People and companies

HouseVan Cleef & Arpels
Parent CompanyInter Parfums

About Moonlight Patchouli

One of Van Cleef & Arpels' 'Collection Extraordinaire'.

Moonlight Patchouli fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Moonlight Patchouli

I tried this fragrance for the fist time today, so these are only first impressions, and I may have to update the review later, but so far, Moonlight Patchouli has failed to impress me.

Firstly, I cannot really distinguish the notes. The fragrance is blended in such a way that it presents as something that to my nose smells like a generic department store fragrance. There are moments here and there where it recalls Coromandel for a nanosecond, but that is about all.

Initially, MP smells a bit medicinal but not overly so. It is light, somewhat transparent, and clean. It is unisex. There is nothing particularly feminine about it, but then again, there is nothing particularly masculine about it either, although I would be less surprised to smell this on a man than on a woman. Although it has floral notes of rose and iris, I do not find this fragrance especially floral or sweet or warm, and it certainly is not gourmand. Within the first 30 minutes, I could almost detect a cocoa note, but again, it was not a gourmand note, and it did not linger.

I find this a rather difficult fragrance to describe. It is rather cool and somewhat high pitched. It is unisex, and it reminds me of the generic smell of a department store such as Macy's, which is not a plus for me. I cannot say it is a bad fragrance, but I cannot say it is a really good fragrance, either. It just "is." Maybe that is enough for VC&A, but I want more. If the listed notes sound good to you, I suggest you spend a bit more and buy Coromandel. It is a much more satisfying fragrance, and it is well worth the price difference.

I do not think MP would be a good choice either for office or other work environments. It is more casual, inelegant, and sporty than it is either office friendly or date night appropriate. Performance is average.

The only thing about MP that I find really interesting is its name. The name suggests romance, but I do not find the fragrance at all romantic. It seems sporty instead, and if it leans slightly toward the masculine.

Fragrance: 5/10
Projection: 6/10
Sillage: 6/10
Longevity: 7/10
18th April, 2019
The perfume of the dandy.
A poetic extravaganza between male taunting, lyricism and virginal lust: a soft velvet of shy roses on an alcoholic body of patchouli, surrounded by the capricious attraction of chocolate. Simply, the perfume of the dandy: I see a decadent room full of melancholic feminine memories. And still, there is no poetry here, there is poetic grace. The perfume of an appearance of sensuality, a refined and greedy joy that combines the elegance of the iris and a subtle powder of rose, under the humble purpose of creating a simple game of carefree eroticism.
This is a musical divertimento, typical of other times: the brilliance and sadness of an easy rhythm, full of nervous and childlike beauty.
29th January, 2018
Great on my skin. A saturnine vintage rosey-chocolatey patchouli enveloped by a powdery cloud nuanced by iris, cocoa, rose, hay, a tad of saffrony frankincense and suede. Decrepit antiquarians and dodgy workshops comes ideally on mind in their secret dusty intrigues. Van Cleef&Arpels Moonlight Patchouli is like a less gassy and more pretty leathery sort of Tom Ford Noir de Noir (a scent as Histoires de Parfums Rosam jumps partially on mind as well for several of its characteristics). Cocoa, powdery iris and talky amber are almost edible and surely visceral (and animalic/erotic) in a baroquely decadent way. Talky iris masters top and central stages while a rose, complementing soft chocolatey leather, dominates the final suedish "tail". An intrigant take on leather-patchouli with a rosey richly decadent background.
09th December, 2016 (last edited: 10th December, 2016)

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